Straighten Your Photos to Keep Your Snapshots Looking Sharp

Straighten your photos with our rotate tool to keep your designs crisp and repair any camera oopsies.

Straighten photos to salvage skewed scans

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What makes good pictures go awry? Photos end up crooked for all kinds of reasons. Perhaps you were scanning and old photo that wasn’t lined on on the glass, or maybe your dad took some photos with an extremely-becoming tourist photo stance. No matter the reason, we can help. With our easy-to-use rotate(opens in a new tab or window) tool and helpful guides and rulers, you can make sure your photo lines up with all your other photos, text, and design elements.

Rotate your photos to keep them straight and tidy

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Straightening photos couldn’t possibly be easier. Upload the photo you’d like to straighten and drop it into your design. Select the photo, then hold and drag the rotate anchor that’s floating just below your photo. Keep dragging until your photo is straight. We’ll even show you how many degrees you’ve rotated. Want a precision rotation? Your photo will lightly click into place every forty-five degrees you rotate, giving you nice, sharp angles.

Break out the ruler to measure the horizon

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Looking for precision? Search our image library for “ruler” and drag out scalable, stretchable ruler right into your design. Use the ruler to line up your photo with other design elements, or even to trace reference lines in other photos. Then drag your crooked photo’s rotate anchor until it is sitting nice and straight. After you’re done you can delete the ruler — it’ll be waiting for you in the image library the next time you need it.

Change up your compositions with tilts and Dutch angles

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After you’ve mastered straightening photos, there are so many more ways to use the rotate tool. Sure, you can use the rotate tool to straighten photos, but you can also artfully skew them. Give your photos a cinematic Dutch angle by rotating it just a hair. This photo can be used to make magazine covers, create it by using Canva's magazine mockups(opens in a new tab or window). This offbeat, jarring choice will help draw your viewer’s gaze. Experiment with different angles and framing until you create a tilt that’s quirky and eye-catching or make your image blend seamlessly with any project with Canva's transparent image background tool(opens in a new tab or window).

Rotate and download to fix crooked photos forever

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After straightening a photo, you can always go back and give your photo another twirl. If you’d like to make your straightening job permanent, all you need to do is straighten your photo then download your design. First, create a new project with custom dimensions that are just about the same size as your crooked photo. Then drop in your photo and use the rotate tool to straighten it. Resize your photo so it extends beyond the edges of the page on all four sides, then download your design as a PDF. Now you’ll have a new straightened and cropped(opens in a new tab or window) version of your photo you can use anywhere!

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